Find and update the software version on your BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2013

Just like your computer, your phone's software needs to be updated periodically to make sure you have all the latest fixes and enhancements to keep it running at optimal performance. Follow the steps below to check your current version and perform any needed updates.

Version History

Current Version:


Date released

Description of enhancements/fixes 12/1/2010 This update improves issue with dropped calls 10/19/2010 This update fixes:
- Contact ringer set-up
- Issues with *3
- "Contacting Wireless Network" error message after phone activation 5/17/2010 This update fixes any issues with dialing *3 or *7 2/12/2010 This update includes improvements to:
- Voice activated dialing
- Roaming indicator
- Key response in bedside mode
- GPS for third-party mapping applications


Initial Release

Check the version on your phone

To find the software version on your BlackBerry® Curve™8530 smartphone:

  1. From the Main menu, scroll to and select the Options (wrench) icon
  2. Select About
  3. The software version will be listed in the third line down and will be in the format of X.X.X.XXX

Update your software

To update your BlackBerry Curve 8530 over the air:

  1. From the Main screen, press the Menu key
  2. Select Options > Advanced Options > Wireless Upgrade > Check for Upgrades
  3. Select the newest upgrade version and click Next
  4. Click Start Download > Upgrade Now
    • Note: To schedule a time to install the BlackBerry Device Software, click Schedule Upgrade
  5. Click Upgrade Now again
  6. When the update is done, your phone will reboot and refresh with the latest update

Warning: You will be unable to use the BlackBerry smartphone or make emergency calls for up to 2 hours during the installation process.

To update your BlackBerry Curve 8530 through your computer:

  1. Go to our Curve 8530 download site to get the download file
  2. Find the software version you need and click More Details
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select Download
  4. A pop-up box will ask you to either Run or Save the download; choose Save and save to your computer desktop
  5. Once the download is saved, double-click the file that was saved to your desktop and when the dialog box appears, click Run
  6. Select the appropriate language and click OK
  7. Click Next and select the appropriate Country or Region
  8. Click Next and select I accept the terms in the license agreement
  9. Click Next and the installation process will begin
  10. Click Finish
  11. Open the BlackBerry Desktop Manager by going to Start > Programs > BlackBerry > Desktop Manager
  12. Once the Desktop Manager is open, connect your BlackBerry Curve 8530 to your computer using the USB cable and make sure the Desktop Manager shows Connected in the top left
  13. If the Application Updates Available window appears, click Update Now and select the check box for BlackBerry Device Software 5.0
  14. Click Next
  15. On the Device Backup screen, choose whether to automatically back up the data on your BlackBerry 8530 or to Not back up the data
    • Note: It is recommended that you back up your data before proceeding
  16. Click Next
  17. Click Finish to begin loading the BlackBerry Desktop Software to your Curve 8530
    • Important Note: Do not unplug the phone while the update is loading
  18. Click Close when the software is finished loading

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I had install the software version that came out on 10/19/2010, and it messed up my phone. My phone was charging but it
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I would suggest not updating to 5.0 just yet. I have had nothing but problems since updating my software. The lock icon
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